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my son goes to u of waterloo, and we need a good place to eat there by the university, any suggestions???

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  1. What sort of food and price range? You're better off eating a little further away from the University. It's not a big city and driving five or ten minutes gets you to some better options.

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    1. re: Prabhakar Ragde

      walking distance from the university- maybe ten or fifteen minute walk

      1. re: 2ndserving

        You still didn't mention type of food and price range. Within fifteen minutes' walk there is a restaurant that gets two stars from Where To Eat (but you'll pay $50/person) and a pretty good burger'n'fries place (drug-free beef, hand-cut fries). Which do you fancy?

        1. re: Prabhakar Ragde

          Yes, Bhima's Warung (Indonesian fusion) on King St. just north of University Ave. is your best bet for high end in Waterloo - it's expensive by local standards but good value since portions are huge and cooking is mostly excellent.

          For casual, pub food, head next door to Morty's Pub on King St. for great wings.

          Sole, Yukiko's and Charbries are all decent choices in Uptown Waterloo but I haven't eaten there since 2004. I believe Hannah's has shut down, unfortunately.

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/10907...

          1. re: Food Tourist

            The old Hannah's was replaced with Zen Gardens, a decent enough Chinese-style vegetarian restaurant. The new location is several blocks south at King and Erb.

            1. re: Blueicus

              I didn't realize Hannah's used to be near the Waterloo Inn, but I remember several years ago when Bella Nina turned into Hannah's Bella Bistro on King near Erb. So, does Hannah's still exist? Have you eaten at the "new" Hannah's? Any outstanding dishes? I'm in Toronto but am planning a visit to my old home K-W.

              1. re: Food Tourist

                Hmmm....maybe I'm mis-labeling the Waterloo Inn. I'm talking about the one on King Street, where the Plantation used to be. Hanna's is still on King near Erb, but it has moved to the other side of the street, in the Rude Native's old location.

                I have been while it was called Hannah's Bella Bistro, that name has been around for quite a few years now. The dish that I remember being outstanding was the seafood linguine. They just PILED on the seafood, and it was with a great fresh tomato sauce.

                1. re: FEDup

                  Ok, now I understand...the new Hannah's is where Alessandro's (and long ago, Rude Native) used to be.
                  http://www.therecord.com/entertainmen...

    2. I was just in Waterloo and had a great burger at The Grill, at University Plaza. I believe it is the one mentioned above, drug free, Canadian beef.

      We also went to a wonderful indian restaurant, right behind the Waterloo Inn, called Masala Bay. It was on Regina.

      Also, I haven't been recently, but when i attended Waterloo I quite enjoyed Hannah's Bella Bistro. It is on King Street, right beside the Waterloo Inn. Another good restaurant is Soleil, beside the old distillery which is now condo's, off Erb. Both a little pricier ($15 - $25 mains) but good for a celebration dinner.

      1. Waterloo is hurting for good food. If you want something within walking distance, the best I can suggest is www.caesarmartinis.com. The food is at most decent.

        Other suggestions will require driving but are not far:

        www.hannahsbellabistro.com -- they also have a new tapas restaurant downstairs.

        www.sole.ca -- make reservations. Great food

        www.charbries.com -- I don't recommend, but some people seem to like it.

        www.stjacobs.com/html/restaurants.html -- I recommend Benjamins.

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        1. re: RYP

          RYP, please check the link for Caesar Martinis as it doesn' t seem to work. Where exactly is this place?

          1. re: RYP

            What about Verses? Has anyone been there before? I'm looking for a place with quality food to dine in waterloo (or kitchener if it is worth it). yes, i'm a student, but on special occasions i'd like to know which would be THE spot to head to for a good meal.

            1. re: sugarcube

              I went to Verses about three years ago now and all I can say is that it was good, but not great. Despite that I still think it's practically, if not the best place in Kitchener or Waterloo.

              1. re: Blueicus

                Thanks for the information Blueicus. I'll be certain to make reservations there. Would you recommend any other places to dine in the Kitchener/Waterloo area?

                1. re: sugarcube

                  Personally, I think that's a tough question for me to answer since I really don't eat out much these days (due to budget and the fact that I went to some of these places, thought it was a huge waste of money and never bothered going back again).

                  I would forgo most of the expensive places (mains 30+) with the exception of Bhima's Warung. They're generally quite good, IMO. Other than that I would visit Verses again if I had a car and money and maybe visit Langdon Hall (out in Cambridge) one of these days. To be honest I feel that K/W does the cheap ethnic places the best (though again Toronto's only an hour and a quarter away). There are a couple of decent Ethiopian places, a couple of good Indian places, a couple of good Vietnamese places (though the Thai food is generally not good) and apparently a good Brazilian BBQ place (the Rodizio just opposite the Charles St. terminal), according to friends better than most of the comparable places in Toronto. In the worst case I can cook dinner for you... Also, I do like Cameron for dim sum, although it costs about as much as a higher end dim sum place in Toronto.

                  1. re: Blueicus

                    Blueicus -- I must say I agree with you about the waste of money when eating in K/W restaurants. My biggest complaint is about the inconsistancy of food quality and service. We've started cooking more at home. I find I am making better quality food at a fraction of the price.

                    I do like Bhima Warung, but it can be pricy for an average weeknight meal. I do want to try Verses -- maybe in May. I also hear good things about Envers of Morriston (but that's not really in K/W now is it).

                    Sole is a standby for us. It's not very exciting but it is consistent in flavours and service.

                    I keep hoping K/W will step up and produce some great quality restaurants.

              2. re: sugarcube

                I found Verses overrated. Unless you really love interior French cuisine, give it a pass. However, if you do love it, by all means give it a go. The food on my visit was very well prepared, just not my cup of tea and generally unimaginative.

            2. Just wanted to point out that Sole could be considered walking distance if you cut through Waterloo Park south of the campus. There is a clear, well lit path. The path runs past the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Ceramics museum before ending at Erb St. Turn right and walk 5 more min. along Erb to get to Sole.

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              1. re: egon61

                Is the cafeteria at PI open to the public and is it any good?

                1. re: egon61

                  I consider anything in Uptown Waterloo to be within walking distance of UW, but it just depends which side of campus you are leaving from. From the church colleges, optometry or Village residences, everything mentioned so far is a long walk. If you're at the bookstore or science/engineering area, then it's much closer.

                2. Sorry, the period at the end of the sentence was included in the link. Caesar Martini's is located on University St. between Phillip and Albert. They seem to be updating their site and have removed their menus.

                  www.caesarmartinis.com

                  1. I also used to love the Raintree Cafe in the plaza behind Phil's Grandson's Place across from Laurier between King and Regina just south of University. It's relatively cheap and healthy with a casual atmosphere.

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                    1. re: Food Tourist

                      Sound advice. This is one of the scant few places to get edible cuisine in Waterloo.

                    2. Not sure about walking distance, but Ben Trahn,Vietnamese, on Northfield, has really good pho, among other dishes.

                      1. Happened to be in Waterloo for a day to do my grad pics, and FINALLY got an opportunity to try Bhima Warung. I can't believe how many times I passed this place (I mean the exterior isn't the nicest looking thing, no offence).
                        Service was friendly and attentive. Indecisive about what savoury items to get, I decided to just try all the desserts instead.lol--- it was a good decision for me.
                        Wontons stuffed with pumpkin puree: perfect ratio of pumpkin to crispy exterior, it was like eating mini pumpkin pies
                        Chocolate Marquis: so delightful: rich creamy concotion, in the shape of a loaf. The chocolate was paired with a fruity mango ice cream which was light and refreshing.
                        White Chocolate Bread pudding: in between a souffle and spoonbread texture, melted in my mouth, but the chocolate ice cream it was paired with overpowered the delicate flavour of the white chocolate. Macadamia nuts were artfully scattered on the plate and gave the dish a buttery crunch. (that reminds me, all plating was done with such thoughtfulness i.e. all ice cream were either placed on a small dish or on a wonton crisp to prevent it melting too quick. i really appreciated the restaurant doing it like this because i am a slow eater and with other restuarants, the ice cream would have melted by the time i got to it)
                        Creme Brulee: but not just any creme brulee.. i'm not usually a fan of this dessert but the twist with this was the bed of purple rice (I give them marks for creativity and the interesting contrast in textures: the crunch of the sugar, the creaminess of the custard and the chewyness of the rice). it was good but some of the rice was too hard (undercooked i suspect)
                        Banana Fritters: this was my least favourite. although the plating was lovely the batter was much too thick and i didn't like that the syrup was poured over the fritters (which, when you think about it is silly, because all the lovely crispyness is lost!)
                        Coconut Cream Pie: garnished with a vanilla bean sliver, although it provided a floral note, it would have made more sense to have integrated the i.e. vanilla extract or vanilla bean seeds into the dish itself. The cream pie had a crisp graham cracker crust and a silky, creamy filling. The ice cream was very unique (lemongrass?) whatever it was it provided an added dimension of flavour i appreciated.
                        Overall I really enjoyed my experience.. it's just too bad I discovered it AFTER I graduated from waterloo..

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                        1. re: sugarcube

                          I don't think Bhima's Warung really fits most student budgets... so I think most people don't really discover it after they've graduated :P